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Events in Art and Archaeology

Theaster Gates: But To Be A Poor Race
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Regen Projects  •  14 January - 25 February 2017
 

American artist Theaster Gates is internationally renowned for his cross-disciplinary practice that spans sculpture, painting, sound, and performance. Featuring all new works, many of which will be created on site, this exhibition marks the artist’s continued investigation into the relationship between visual politics, shamanism, and object making.

The title of the exhibition refers to American sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois’ seminal work The Souls of Black Folk. Comprised of 14 essays that portray the genius and humanity of the Black race, this publication is considered an important work in sociology and African American literary history. Inspired by Du Bois’ sociological studies on the advancements of Black Americans from the time of Emancipation to 1900, the exhibition will feature a series of response paintings in which the statistical data gathered and made visual by Du Bois has been reduced to abstract color fields and geometric motifs. Both an act of homage to Du Bois’ sophisticated Modernism as well as a reference to the history of art, Gates’ paintings give poetic form to the archival.

But To Be A Poor Race questions a particular kind of poverty, one that is not just about a lack of economic capital but one that is deprived of the basic elements from which one can make a living,” says Gates. For Gates, sculpture – as a derivative of the minor arts, craft, or the decorative and plastic arts – has been an important historical invention. Throughout Gates’ artistic career and especially during his time at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the need for divine acts to have material and human vessels has undergirded his investigations. The exhibition begins to demonstrate Gates’ thoughtful handling of sometimes imagined African reliquary objects and other historic Black forms, referencing the power that can be honed from ‘poor’ materials. But To Be A Poor Race offers a salute to the possibility of power and beauty.



Regen Projects Website


Contact: Regen Projects
6750 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90038
Tel: ( 1) 310 276 5424

Alchemists Revealing Secrets from the Book of Seven Seals, The Ripley Scroll (detail), ca. 1700J. Paul Getty Museum
Alchemists Revealing Secrets from the Book of Seven Seals, The Ripley Scroll (detail), ca. 1700
J. Paul Getty Museum
The Art of Alchemy
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum  •  11 October 2016 - 12 February 2017
 

The Art of Alchemy features more than 100 objects, including manuscripts and rare books, prints, sculpture, and other works of art dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 20th century and coming from across Europe and Asia. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, where it will be on view in 2017, and is curated by David Brafman, associate curator of rare books with assistance from Rhiannon Knol.

The Art of Alchemy approaches the subject from a global perspective, tracing how alchemy historically bonded art, science, and natural philosophy in visual cultures throughout the world. From its origins in Classical and Eurasian antiquity to the advances made and spread throughout the Islamic world and the ‘silk’ routes of Central Asia, material and intellectual exchange across cultures reached mediaeval Europe, and catalyzed alchemy’s ‘golden age’ from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. The persistence of its spirit is still present in artistic expression and technocratic trends of the modern day, and the historical echoes of this chemical obsession with artificial reproduction also resound throughout more modern technologies of art, from chromolithography in the Industrial Age to the media that now claim artistic boasting rights as the ultimate chemical mirrors of nature: photography and the liquid crystal displays of the digital world.



J. Paul Getty Museum Website


Contact:

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049


Tel: (1) 31) 440 73 00

Events in Classical Music

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Walt Disney Concert Hall  •  26 - 28 January 2017
 

Schoenberg: Accompaniment to a Film Scene
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14, K. 449
Schoenberg: Piano Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, K. 297 ("Paris")

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano



Los Angeles Philharmonic Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Tel: (1) 323 850 20 00



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